The Climate Action Coalition initates and engages in all NW efforts to stop fossil fuels from devastating our planet. This page chronicles some CAC sponsored and endorsed actions, activities, and projects
Spearheaded opposition to proposed Pembina Propane Facility (project terminated!)
Organized St. John's Bridge Blockade kayaktivists, delaying Shell Arctic Drilling
Collaborated with Portland City Council on policy, resulting in first-in-country ban of new bulk fossil fuel storage facilities
BUNK BUSES for STANDING ROCK
Two old school buses that CAC volunteers spent hundreds of hours converting into mobile medical bunk houses were delivered to protestors at the Dakota Acess Pipeline site near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
The medical buses have a total 20 bunk beds and are being used by people who are injured, sick or suffering from hypothermia, and who need to rest as they recover. Climate Action Coalition members raised money and donated time to the project. READ Stephen Quirk's article about the buses and Standing Rock http://news.streetroots.org/2017/01/12/portlands-2nd-bunk-bus-heads-standing-rock
STAND TOGETHER- A Day of Action Workshops
CAC sponsored a day of workshops for people new to social and political action and for those upgrading their skills. The full day of sessions included strategic action planning, media, community outreach, messaging, peace-keeping, tactical design, legal observing, Know Your Rights, non-violent direct action, and more.
The day focused on practical ideas for effective dissent and target messaging within a non-violent framework. Support and implementation of the workshops came from a variety of Portland-area communities and issue advocacy groups promoting Immigrant and racial justice, gender rights, fair housing, healthcare-for-all, and climate action. More of these workshops are planned for the near future...filling a real need in these tumultuous times.
AN EVENING WITH THE TAR SANDS VALVE TURNERS
"Stepping Outside Polite Conversation"
On October 11th, at five Tar Sands oil entry sites, Emily, Michael, Annette, Leonard, and Ken took extraordinary climate action; they stopped the flow of fossil fuel. Sadly, it is illegal to attempt to rescue our special planet. The Tar Sands Valve-Turners shared stories of their non-violent direct actions and why their climate activism escalated to this shut-down as they launch their pre-trial journey. CAC donated the proceeds of this event to the Valve-Turners' legal defense.
PORTLAND BANS NEW FOSSIL FUEL INFRASTRUCTURE
CAC worked together with Portland's city government for months, helping to draft new zoning code banning the construction of new major fossil fuel terminals, and the expansion of any existing ones. Portland city council approved the new rules 5-0.
The ban includes construction of new large terminals for transporting and storing coal, methanol and various natural gas and oil, and forbids expansion of Portland's 11 existing facilities. Portland sends a powerful message to other cities across the nation and the world that the grassroots movement will not let national politics deter cities from taking the lead on climate action.
CAC KAYACTIVISTS HELP GREENPEACE BRIDGE DANGLERS BLOCK SHELL SHIP BOUND FOR ARCTIC DRILLING
From the moment the Shell Oil ship Fennica entered the Willamette River on its way to drydock for repairs, the goal of climate activists was to cause a delay long enough to push back the difficult work of drilling for oil in the Arctic so that Shell would lose a year of work. Between Greenpeace climbers dangling from the St. Johns Bridge and the CAC-organized kayaktivists swarming on the river, activists managed to hold the ship up for 2 days in spite of record heat. Although the Fennica ultimately reached the Arctic in time to drill, Shell soon ceased its Arctic offshore oil exploration program in the Chukchi Sea, and drilling was then prohibited by the Obama administration.
PORTLAND REJECTS PROPANE TERMINAL
CAC helped lead a long battle that resulted in the city's rejection of plans to construct a propane export facility at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 on the Columbia River. The largest pipeline company in the Alberta tar sands mining industry, Pembina, sought to export propane to Asian markets. Pembina’s proposal would have created more profits for fracking and tar sands companies; more mile-long unit trains of explosive propane cutting through our communities; dangerous, pressurized propane storage tanks endangering workers and neighborhoods; and propane supertankers on the Columbia River restricting other ships and recreational boats. Rejection of the terminal helped reinforce Portland's leadership role in climate policies and sustainability.